14 March 2017

HEALTH - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy More Popular for Pets

The Animal Dermatology Clinic (ADC) in Pasadena, California recently began offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), becoming the only dermatology specialist in the world to offer HBOT in their clinic.

This therapy is becoming a more popular treatment for pets, with veterinarians claiming results including reduction in swelling, stimulation of new blood vessel formation into the healing/swollen tissue, a reduction in pressure caused by head or spinal cord injuries, improved wound healing, and improved infection control.

HBOT is the delivery of 100% oxygen under pressure.

It has rapidly grown from being used only in the treatment of SCUBA divers with decompression illness to a large number of clinical applications for humans throughout the world.

It is a relatively new modality in veterinary medicine.

Veterinarians use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat a variety of chronic and acute conditions including:
  • Swelling—post-operative, crush injuries, snake bite, burns
  • Trauma—internal, head, spinal cord
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Carbon monoxide toxicity
  • Pancreatitis
  • Near-drowning/near-hanging

While the treatment is being adopted by many veterinarians, it’s challenging to find research that documents just how effective the therapy is for pets.

However, veterinarians share a variety of success stories about their own patients, and the large number of treatments have allowed the pioneers in the veterinary hyperbaric field to develop treatment protocols, safety standards and operational guidelines for chamber technicians.

The Veterinary Hyperbaric Medicine Society offers education about the science and clinical application of hyperbaric therapy in animal and human medicine.

They also provide the prerequisite training for CHT-V (Certified Hyperbaric Technologist-Veterinary) a designation that is acquired through the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Technology.

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